Bad buys: How to avoid closet keepers

A full wardrobe and still nothing to wear? Most of them have been at that point before.

Bad buys: How to avoid closet keepers

A full wardrobe and still nothing to wear? Most of them have been at that point before. The dilemma is due, among other things, to purchases that later turned out to be bad investments. Thanks to the following tips, they are now a thing of the past:

In order to counteract bad purchases, the first thing to do is to take stock. It shows which items of clothing are in the closet and how often they are used. It is best to sort out unworn items immediately. Then use the remaining parts to work out which colours, cuts and patterns you feel particularly comfortable in.

Knowing what you like and what flatters you is the be-all and end-all. However, there is also the risk of buying tried-and-tested parts in several versions and thus going in fashion circles. It is better to get inspiration for new combinations from people with a similar style of clothing. Interesting outfits can easily be saved on social media. Important here: Do not copy the looks one-to-one, but supplement or replace them with personal favourites. The easiest way to do this is with mood boards. Creating them encourages creativity and provides an overview of missing parts. Collect these on a wish list. What has been on it for a long time is definitely a good investment.

Once the shopping list is in place, you need to set a budget and divide it up according to the 80/20 rule. That means: 80 percent of the money flows into timeless, high-quality basics. This can be a white T-shirt, well-fitting jeans or a warm cashmere sweater. The remaining 20 percent is available for seasonal trends.

This has the advantage that new purchases can be better integrated into the existing wardrobe. Because they often get stuck in the closet because they don't have the right combination partner. In order to avoid this, it is best to put together possible outfits in your mind when trying them on. If nothing is found, it is most likely a bad buy.

New purchases should therefore be well thought out and not made under time pressure. In a hurry, there is a great danger of making compromises and buying something that is not 100 percent convincing. If in doubt, sleep over the investment for a night.

Special caution is required with sale items. Although they lure with low prices, they are often non-returnable. That's why: Don't buy anything that you wouldn't have bought at the original price. Always weigh the price in relation to the frequency of use. An expensive coat that is used every day in winter may have a better balance than a cheap piece from the clearance sale.

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